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UPDATE: Several cases cleared in theft ring investigation

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 4:44pm

As of this date, several East Texas law enforcement agencies have identified items clearing cases they have on file. The serial numbers and identifying information found on the suspected stolen items will be cross-referenced with police theft reports. Property identified as stolen was tagged as evidence and will be, after verification, released to those agencies with theft reports on file who will then return the property to its original owner. Due to the magnitude of the property involved, this process will take no less than two weeks.

The property was located Tuesday in a warehouse district off WSW Loop 323, which had been under surveillance since investigators received information from several tipsters regarding suspicious activity in the area. Criminal Investigations Division Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety, and investigators from Smith, Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson counties, the East Texas Auto Task Force and the Arp and Tyler Police Departments participated in the coordinated effort.

From DPS

 


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An ongoing, multi-agency investigation into a theft ring led to the discovery of close to $500,000 worth of suspected stolen property. Agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety, investigators from Smith, Anderson, Cherokee and Henderson Counties, the East Texas Auto Task Force and investigators from Arp, Whitehouse and Tyler Police Departments participated in the coordinated effort.

The property was located in a warehouse district off WSW Loop 323, which had been under surveillance since investigators received information from several tipsters regarding suspicious activity in the area. The serial numbers and identifying information found on the suspected stolen items will be cross-referenced with those on police theft reports. At this time, there are several persons of interest identified and arrest warrants will be forthcoming.

A property hearing to determine ownership of items recovered will be conducted in Smith County.

From DPS

 

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